Apple TV 4K (2022) review: Still the best streaming box by a long shot

Apple TV 4K (2022) review: Still the best streaming box by a long shot

after apple Finally gave us a decent Siri remote last yearcouldn’t imagine the Apple TV 4K It’s getting much better. Not that anyone is crying out for an 8K upgrade – all we need these days is support for fast 4K streaming, as well as the multitude of HDR (high-definition range) formats out there. The new Apple TV 4K can easily meet those demands, but what’s really impressive is that it’s so much faster than before. Y it’s much cheaper at $129 (down from $179)! There is finally an Apple TV that I can recommend to anyone without hesitation.

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Let’s start with what’s new: This year’s Apple TV 4K is powered by an A15 Bionic chip, which launched with the iPhone 13 (and is still used in the iPhone 14). That’s a huge leap forward from the 2018-era A12 in the previous model. The new box also comes with 64GB of storage, instead of a meager 32GB. If you plan on loading up on a ton of games and apps, there’s also a 128GB model for $149, which adds an Ethernet port and support for the Thread internet of things protocol. Finally, Apple has integrated support for HDR10+, which works similarly to Dolby Vision to deliver more accurate HDR in every scene.

Apple TV 4K (2022)

advantage

  • A15 fast bionic chip
  • Excellent Siri remote
  • Large library of apps
  • tvOS excels at multitasking
  • much cheaper than before

Cons

  • Ethernet only on $149 model

At first glance, the Apple TV 4K looks the same as previous models: a sleek black box with obscenely rounded corners. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll notice that it’s actually smaller, like a rendering of its predecessor. Apple says it has 20 percent less volume than before, as a result of losing the fan from previous models (this one runs silently) and being powered by more efficient hardware. Apple didn’t say what, exactly, led to the dramatic price drop. But I bet it’s due to simpler manufacturing, as well as a drop in component price across the board.

If you want to hear me wax poetic about Apple’s Siri Remote, just check out my review of the latest Apple TV. I’m still in love with it a year later: it’s easy to hold, has all the basic features you want, and is much harder to lose than the previous super-slim remote. I’m still baffled why we were forced to use a glass-backed remote and shoddy touchpad on the original Apple TV 4K. Long live the new model and its touch-sensitive directional clickpad.

Apple TV 4K (2022)

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Sure, the hardware is great, but what’s the software like? Setting up the Apple TV 4K is now surprisingly easy, assuming you’re already beholden to the Apple ecosystem. After plugging it in, I just had to tap my iPhone on the box to send my WiFi and iCloud credentials. I chose to sync my home screens, which made all the apps from my current Apple TV appear. At that point, all I had to do was log in to my usual streaming spots and I was good to go.

After using every Apple TV the company has released over the past decade, I had an immediate thought when I started using this new model: My God, this is fast. That’s not to say that the latest version was slow, by any means. But there’s a freshness to this year’s box that feels liberating. I can scroll through all the apps on my home screen with ease, launch Netflix a few seconds faster than before, and browse my movie library without breaking a sweat. No more slight loading delays or turnstiles.

It could just be that I’m experiencing the rush of a new device, one ordered for a year’s worth of use. But using the new Apple TV 4K feels like the difference between using an iPhone X and an iPhone 14 – it all just happens. fasterwith a greater sense of urgency. I found it most useful when I was switching between apps and different videos. As I catch up Cabinet of Curiosities of Guillermo del Toro on Netflix, I could quickly skip to my YouTube channels while my wife needed a bathroom break, then resume the spooky one when I got back. Again, this is something I frequently did with the previous box, but now the Apple TV feels completely clutter-free.

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